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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (NBL Map Center) at the Boston Public Library (BPL) was created in 2004 in an unusual public-private agreement between the BPL and map collector-philanthropist Norman Leventhal.

This partnership has enabled us to create public access to the 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases in the Library's collection. Mr. Leventhal envisioned that these extraordinary cartographic riches would be the foundation of educational programs for students of all ages. In support of this goal we have created an engaging web presence and exhibits that are free to the public and archived on our website. Our state-of-the-art preservation program will ensure our map heritage for future generations.

In the brief years since the founding of the NBLMC, we have launched a website, conserved and cataloged thousands of maps, sorted and properly stored thousands more, hired the library's first professional Map Curator in more than forty years, created and distributed free curricular materials for middle and high school teachers, toured thousands of Boston area students through the maps, mounted three major gallery exhibits, and planned for a permanent, state-of-the-art Map and Study Center to be located on the third floor of the BPL's historic McKim Building in Copley Square, Boston.

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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598; Diesth, Aegid. Coppenius (Aegidius Coppenius); Llwyd, Humphrey, 1527-1568. Mona druidum insula
2,338
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Catalogus auctorum includes 92 names. Epigram on t.p. verso has 16 lines
Topics: Atlases, Dutch, Geography
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Ptolemy, 2nd cent; D'Angelo, Jacopo, tr; Nicolaus Germanus, 15th cent., ed; Schnitzer, Johann; Hol, Lienhart, printer
1,554
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Title and imprint from Goff and ISTC
Topics: Cosmography, Geography, Atlases, German, Geography, Ancient, Early maps
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Ptolemy, 2nd cent; D'Angelo, Jacopo; Silvani, Bernardo; John Boyd Thacher Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
1,048
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Imprint from colophon
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638; Blaeu, Joan, 1596-1673
933
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Seconde partie. Dated 1650
Topic: Atlases, Dutch
Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Ptolemy, 2nd cent; Pirckheimer, Willibald, 1470-1530; Regiomontanus, Joannes, 1436-1476; John Boyd Thacher Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
828
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Imprint from colophon (Q8 recto); most copies have the misprint "Argentoragi"
Topics: D'Angelo, Jacopo, Geography
Source: folio
Below imprint: Cum privilegio
Topics: Hydrographic surveying, Nautical charts
Source: folio
Engraved title page
Topics: Atlases, Ocean, Nautical charts
Source: folio
Signatures: [*]¹A-C². 12 p. text with index
Topics: Charts, diagrams, etc, Nautical charts, Pilot guides
Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by De Brahm, John Gerar William, 1717-ca. 1799
150
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Attributed to John William Gerar De Brahm
Topics: Pilot guides, Nautical charts
"August 1881."
Topics: Real property, Cities and towns
Source: folio
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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Mercator, Gerhard, 1512-1594; Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612; Jansson, Jan, 1588-1664; Keere, Pieter van den, 1571-ca. 1646; Goos, Abraham
64
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Topic: Atlases, Dutch
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Mercator, Gerhard, 1512-1594; Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612; Saltonstall, Wye, fl. 1630-1640; Cotes, Thomas, d. 1641; Sparke, Michael, d. 1645; Cartwright, Samuel, d. 1650
61
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Folded plate of New England signed "Simon Passeus sculpsit" and with imprint "London printed by Iames Reeue
Topics: Atlases, Dutch, Political geography
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Campi, Antonio, 1536-ca. 1591; Adams, John, 1735-1826, former owner. MB (BRL)
39
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Part 2 has title (within ornamental border) : Historia delle vita de' duchi, et duchesse di Milano, con i loro veri ritratti cauati al naturale. Compendiosamente descritte da Antonio Campo ... Che e in ordine quarto libro della sua historia di Cremona. Milano, F. Ghisolfi, 1642
Topic: Nobility
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by George Philip & Son; Edinburgh Geographical Institute
39
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Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Woodbridge, William C. (William Channing), 1794-1845; Willard, Emma, 1787-1870
38
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Page following p. 66 is numbered 66(b), 66(c)
Topics: Geography, Geography, Ancient
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Frye, Alex Everett, 1859-1936; Davis, William Morris, 1850-1934. New England States
37
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Atlas published 1896. Supplement published 1897
Topic: Geography
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Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Dutt, William A. (William Alfred), 1870-1939
36
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Includes index
Topic: Natural history
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Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Labberton, Robert H. (Robert Henlopen), 1812-1898
29
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Versos of the maps, containing text, are included in paging
Topic: Historical geography
Relief shown by hachures
Topics: Historical geography, Economic geography
Relief shown by hachures
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
Relief shown by hachures
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
Maps engraved by Philippe Galle
Topic: Atlases, Dutch
Relief shown by hachures
Source: folio
Map "The United States" bound between maps 7 and 8, not listed in table of contents
Topics: Classical geography, Geography, Map projection
Relief shown by hachures
Source: folio
Halkett and Laing, 1932
Title page in red and black
Topics: David, King of Israel, Solomon, King of Israel, Bible
Relief shown by gradient tints and hachures
Topics: Commercial geography, Economic geography
On title page, ill. of the world represents the word "world."
Topics: Chicago and North Western Railway Company, Geography
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Labberton, Robert H. (Robert Henlopen), 1812-1898
16
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Versos of the maps, containing text, are included in paging
Topic: Historical geography
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Topics: Railroads, Statistics
Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Frye, Alex Everett, 1859-1936; Scudder, Myron T. (Myron Tracy), 1860-1935. New York
16
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Edition statement on front cover
Topic: Geography
4 atlases bound into 1 volume
Topics: Geography, Atlases, French
Source: folio
Topic: Geography
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Lobeck, Tobias; Lotter, Tobias Conrad, 1717-1777; Wagner, Joh. Mich. (Johann Michael), d. 1821; Eichler, Gottfried, 1715-1770
15
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Date of imprint suggested by Phillips
Topics: Geography, Atlases, German
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Frati, Carlo, 1863-1930; Ciferri, R., tr; Barthe, A. E; Henriquez i Carvajal, Federico, 1848-1952; Olschki, Leo S. (Leo Samuel), 1861-1940; Dominican Republic. Ministerio de Agricultura e Inmigracion
15
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"Extractado del tomo XXIII, entrega la-2a, de La Bibliofilia bajo la direccion del comm. Leo S. Olschki."
Topic: Anghiera, Pietro Martire d', 1457-1526
Added engraved folded titlepage "A system of geography with new maps," M:Vander Gucht sculp
Topics: Atlases, British, Maps
Source: folio
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Source: folio
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Topic: Historical geography
Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by C.S. Hammond & Company; Old Colony Trust Company (Boston, Mass.)
13
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0
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Topics: Paris Peace Conference (1919-1920), World War, 1914-1918
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Huntington, Nathaniel G. (Nathaniel Gilbert), 1785-1848; Huntington, Eleazer, 1789-1852; Huntington, Nathaniel G. (Nathaniel Gilbert), 1785-1848. Introduction to modern geography; Reed and Barber
12
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"Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1836, by Eleazar Huntington, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Connecticut."
Topics: Atlases, Children's atlases
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Labberton, Robert H. (Robert Henlopen), 1812-1898
12
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1970.L2.1886R
Topic: Historical geography
Includes index
Topic: Wolfe, James, 1727-1759
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Bradford, T. G. (Thomas Gamaliel), 1802-1887; American Stationers' Company
12
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Relief shown by hachures
Topic: Atlases
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Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Mitchell, S. Augustus (Samuel Augustus), 1792-1868; Mitchell, S. Augustus (Samuel Augustus), 1792-1868. School geography; Young, J. H. (James Hamilton); E.H. Butler & Co
12
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Edition statement from cover
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
On cover: Modern school geography, accompanied by an atlas, physical and political
Topic: Geography
Relief shown by contours, gradient tints, and hachures
Topic: Geography
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Muirhead, Findlay, 1860-1935, ed
11
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The appendix (detachable booklet of 74 pages) has cover-title: ... Appendix. Cabs, omnibuses, tramways & underground railways, and plans of London with street index
Includes Emma Willard's Ancient geography (96 p.)
Topics: Geography, Geography, Ancient, History
Nineteen of the maps relate to America. cf. Phillips, Philip L. A list of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress, no. 410
Topic: Geography
Maps bound in guidebook
Relief shown by hachures
Source: folio
Title from cover
Topics: Atlases, World maps
Title from cover
Topics: Atlases, World maps
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by London and North-Western Railway
10
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Boston Public Library copy bound with "Tourist guide to North Anglesey (30 p. : ill., col. map (fold.) ; 18 cm.)
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Mitchell, S. Augustus (Samuel Augustus), 1792-1868; Young, J. H. (James Hamilton); Mitchell, S. Augustus (Samuel Augustus), 1792-1868. School geography; Cowperthwait, Desilver & Butler
10
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Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Cummings, J. A. (Jacob Abbot), 1772-1820; Cummings, J. A. (Jacob Abbot), 1772-1820. Introduction to ancient and modern geography; Cummings and Hilliard
9
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Title provided by cataloger
Topic: Atlases
Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Olney, J. (Jesse), 1798-1872; Olney, J. (Jesse), 1798-1872. Practical system of modern geography; D.F. Robinson & Co. (Hartford, Conn.)
9
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Cover title
Topics: Atlases, Geography
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Hughes, William, 1817-1876; Adam and Charles Black (Firm)
9
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Vol. 2 has title: An account of travels into the interior of Southern Africa; in which is considered, the importance of the Cape of Good Hope to the different European powers, as a naval and military station ; as a territorial acquisition and commercial emporium in time of peace : with a statistical sketch of the whole colony ; comp. from authentic documents
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Topic: Atlases
Includes index
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Olney, J. (Jesse), 1798-1872; Olney, J. (Jesse), 1798-1872. Practical system of modern geography; Robinson, Pratt & Co
9
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Topic: Atlases
Vol. 2 has title: An account of travels into the interior of Southern Africa; in which is considered, the importance of the Cape of Good Hope to the different European powers, as a naval and military station ; as a territorial acquisition and commercial emporium in time of peace : with a statistical sketch of the whole colony ; comp. from authentic documents
Note on map 11 dated 1704
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
Includes engraved illustrated title page containing table of contents (1 folded leaf)
Topic: Atlases, British
Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Mitchell, S. Augustus (Samuel Augustus), 1792-1868; Mitchell, S. Augustus (Samuel Augustus), 1792-1868. School geography; Young, J. H. (James Hamilton); E.H. Butler & Co
8
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Edition statement from cover
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Bunting, Freeman; Branfill, J. A. C. (John Arthur Capel); Homeland Association Ltd
8
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"Published under the general editorship of Prescott Row, in co-operation with the Urban District Councils of Waltham Holy Cross, and Cheshunt, by the Homeland Association for the Encouragement of Touring in Great Britain."
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Brigham, Albert Perry, 1855-1932
8
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Also published the same year in Chautauqua home reading series
Topics: Physical geography, Human geography